Forces Capture Insurgents, Weapons in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2011 — Com­bined forces yes­ter­day cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and found a weapons stock­pile dur­ing oper­a­tions in south­ern and east­ern Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Troops found the Tal­iban leader, who is respon­si­ble for traf­fick­ing weapons to Tal­iban fight­ers and Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ists, in Log­ar province’s Pul‑e Alam dis­trict.

Secu­ri­ty forces in Bamyan province’s Kah­mard dis­trict found 74 hand grenades, 36 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades with nine boost­ers, 20 rifles, two land mines and a 107 mm high-explo­sive rocket. 

In oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan April 13: 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed numer­ous insur­gents and detained sev­er­al sus­pects after armed mil­i­tants attacked their patrol. Troops con­fis­cat­ed sev­er­al rifles, 2,000 rounds of small-arms ammu­ni­tion, two motor­cy­cles, a pis­tol and opium. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces cap­tured sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing an alleged Tal­iban financier and bomb traf­fick­er, in Lagham province’s Alishen district. 

— Based on tips from local res­i­dents, com­bined forces in Zab­ul province’s Shah Joy dis­trict cap­tured a Tal­iban leader. 

— Forces dis­cov­ered sev­er­al weapons and drug caches through­out Afghanistan. The oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 1,160 assault rifle rounds, 426 pounds of nar­cotics, 300 auto­mat­ic machine-gun rounds, 200 bag of ammo­ni­um nitrate — a banned fer­til­iz­er used to make home­made bombs — 198 pounds of hashish, six rock­ets, four assault rifles, three pis­tols and two rock­et-pro­pelled grenades. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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